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SoulCycle Bans Other Fitness Instructors From Taking Classes

SoulCycle Beverly Hills. Photo by <a href="http://www.elizabethdanielsphotography.com/#/">Elizabeth Daniels</a> for Racked LA.
SoulCycle Beverly Hills. Photo by Elizabeth Daniels for Racked LA.

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SoulCycle's secret company policy of banning fitness instructors from other boutique studios was revealed recently when the owner of Barry's Bootcamp, Joey Gonzalez, took to social media to complain about it. As Well + Good reports, more than a week after taking a SoulCycle class, Gonzalez received a call from the fitness chain's lawyer. "He essentially said we have a policy at SoulCycle where instructors at other group fitness studios are not allowed to take class," said Gonzalez. "He seemed half embarrassed."

Gonzalez posted the news to his Facebook account, where other fitness instructors corroborated his story. "I spent the last five years of my career keeping all of these fitness wars quiet. Everyone knows it goes on and everyone hates it," he said, "and I just had a moment and said 'I think consumers deserve to know the way certain institutions treat their peers.'" SoulCycle isn't the only fitness chain with this sort of policy; Well + Good says it's commonplace and that some "studios even include clauses in their waivers ensuring you're not an instructor who teaches elsewhere."
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